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Author Topic: Another new med  (Read 2283 times)

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Offline aztecan

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Another new med
« on: January 03, 2007, 10:11:51 PM »
Saw the doc today. Things went pretty much as I expected.

I will be dropping the Niaspan and replacing it with Provachol, thanks to our Little Steve and Ray. See, AIDSMeds to the rescue again!

I have to do another blood check in about six weeks to see if the Provachol is working and make sure it isn't killing me in the process. I really hate fasting tests.

The doc also wants me to do labs again (CD4/viral load) in about three months rather than wait the usual six months. He said he wants ot make sure my detectable viral load was a blip and not my beginning to "drift," as he put it.

I couldn't agree more.

The last two tests, done 12/19/05 and 6/22/06, both had undetectable viral loads. The last done, done 12/20/06, was 61.  :-[

The CD4s have also dropped some.

On 12/19/05, they were 1.462 (43 percent)
On 6/22/06, they were 1,170 (39 percent)
On 12/20/06, they were 943 (38 percent)

I agree with my doc. I think it wise not to wait six months before I test again. If my regimin is failing, I would rather find out sooner than later.

I am switching to Combivir though. I have been taking the AZT and 3TC seperately up until now. It will decrease the number of pills I take each day to 20 rather than 22, which is a positive step, pardon the expression. ;)

So see, there is a good side to everything.


"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline Iggy

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Re: Another new med
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2007, 10:13:38 PM »
« Last Edit: January 09, 2007, 11:48:08 PM by Iggy »

Offline Life

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Re: Another new med
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2007, 10:16:26 PM »
Mark - Everything you do just "feels right."   I don't want you to utter that "F" word....  Your going to be fine..

Love & Hugs

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Another new med
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2007, 12:32:59 AM »
Though things may not be trending so well in your mind, I still would like to point out that your percentages and cd4's are off the hook(fantastic). Mine have not been over 600 since I have had labs done, and that's 22 years worth so quit a few!

You are still in great shape, I hope you can keep up a positive attitude and not stress too much.

Love ya man!

Positive since 1985

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Another new med
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2007, 12:39:40 AM »

Hang in there!  I always wondered why you took AZT and 3TC seperately instead of together as Combivir.  It will help a bit with the pill burden as you say.  I know you dislike fasting blood tests...in my case, I need about two months of fasting to get rid of the extra weight I added in the past year (ugh!)  I know you will stay on top (pardon the pun) of this situation regarding your regimen.  Best wishes.

Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD
01/15: 1366 (45.2%), UD
07/15: 1134 (50.7%), UD
02/16: 1043 (55.1%), UD
08/16:  746  (55.4%), UD
08/16:  Switch from Atripla to Genvoya

Offline Longislander

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Re: Another new med
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2007, 12:40:12 AM »
Mark, , Hope the new stuff works perfectly for ya! Such a sensible attitude-love it!

infected 10/05 diagnosed 12-05
2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Another new med
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2007, 03:29:52 AM »
Mark, I wish you all the luck in the world. I have to go today and have blood drawn.  It's only 18 tubes this time and oh I can't forget about the urine test. I studied all night for that.  ;) These tests will tell me if I need to go to plan C, whatever the hell that is. Mark you know that we are so bad that one of these drugs are going to work. What's the saying, "If at first you don't succeed, FUCK IT." No, I don't think that was the saying I was looking for.  ;) Oh yeah, "Try, try again."

Offline aztecan

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Re: Another new med
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2007, 10:08:09 AM »
Hey all, thanks for the replies. I'm really not stressing too much about the numbers. They are, after all, just numbers and they are still pretty good.

Gary, when I started taking AZT and 3TC, Combivir hadn't been developed yet and I just never got around to switching. My doc recommended it just to save space in my pill box.

It also saves a copay - something that hadn't occurred to me until this morning.  ;D

I am starting the Pravachol, or is that Provachol?, today. Keep your fingers crossed. Everything I have researched and the doc has researched indicate it should be OK with the Crix.

Right now, its snowing like crazy. They are predicting 2 to 4 inches on top of what's already on the ground. It usually doesn't snow like this here. The mail has been delayed, shipments of meds have been late, my clients are cranky as a result, so, all is normal.

Is it too late to learn to ski, I wonder?  ;)


"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline Javicho

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Re: Another new med
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2007, 11:42:55 AM »
Mark, you will be OK, just think is a New Year with new medication and better numbers ;) take care :-*


Offline fearless

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Re: Another new med
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2007, 06:15:47 PM »
hey Mark,
hope all goes well with the new pills. you must positively rattle after all those pills.
Be forgiving, be grateful, be optimistic

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Another new med
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2007, 07:48:54 AM »
Hello Mark,

I only now,just read this thread. I am not as alert as I used to be.  :P

Anyway, wishing you the best on the Pravachol. I also believe a recheck in three months instead of 6 is a good decision.

Hope some of theat snow melted !!

Take care------Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg






Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/16/16,  t-cells are at 501,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 12%

 64 years young.


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